Prayer Shawl Pattern {with Trinity Stitch Borders}

19 May 2015


Prayer Shawl Pattern with Trinity Stitch borders

My grandfather once called me to wish me Happy Birthday, and I told him that I felt older.  He said, "You are not old Punkinhead.  It's not like you are sitting around in a rocking chair and knitting."  "GRANDPA! At this very moment, I am, indeed, sitting in a rocking chair and knitting!"  

So whether it is a cool new hipster hobby, or the old lady pastime, I like to knit.  I am not super advanced in the skill, but I love to knit scarves and blankets.  The problem is that I have run out of people to make scarves and blankets for (especially since we live in Southeast Texas).  But at church one day, the pastor talked about the Prayer Shawl Ministry, and my ears perked up!  

Prayer Shawl ministries can be found around the country, and the goal is to provide people who are in need of comfort and prayer with a memento that gives them a reminder that they are loved and that we are praying with them for God's grace and peace in their time of need.

Closeup of Trinity Stitch Knitting

It is a beautiful thing to be a part of, and now I have knitting projects again!  

So if you like to knit, here is a pretty pattern for a shawl:

Knit Prayer Shawl Closeup

Trinity Stitch Border Shawl


Materials:
Lion Brand Pound of Love Yarn (I used antique white)


Gauge:

US 8/ 11 mm

Instructions:
Note: Knit the first and last 4 sts of every row.

CO 120 sts. (you can adjust this to your preference, but work in multiples of four)

K 4 rows.

Row 1 (RS): p
Row 2: *k1, p1, k1 into next stitch, p3tog; repeat from *
Row 3: p
Row 4: *p3tog, k1, p1, k1 into next stitch; repeat from *

Repeat Rows 1-4 three times.

ST until the shawl reaches from about wrist to wrist when wrapped around shoulders.

Row 1 (RS): p
Row 2: *k1, p1, k1 into next stitch, p3tog; repeat from *
Row 3: p
Row 4: *p3tog, k1, p1, k1 into next stitch; repeat from *

Repeat Rows 1-4 three times.

K 4 rows.

BO.

Abbreviations: 
K/k = knit, p = purl, CO = cast on, p3tog = purl 3 stitches together, ST = stockinette, BO = bind off.

Knit Prayer Shawl draped over chair


Don't let the length of the pattern scare you away, most of this shawl is just simple stockinette stitching and very easy.  The trinity stitched borders are a fun pattern to try out.  If you are new to the trinity stitch, I highly recommend watching this video:

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